David Alan “Snoose” Schlosser, 75, of Durand, passed away at Mayo Health Systems, in Eau Claire, on Jan. 2, 2019, with his loving family by his side.
David was born to the late Ivan and Emma (Schuh) Schlosser on Oct. 19, 1943, in Durand. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School (Lima), Durand, in May, 1961. After graduation, from 1961-1962 he served in the Army in the 32nd Infinity Division in Ft. Lewis, Wash. After his military service, he returned to work on his family farm, where he worked until his death.
On June 22, 1968, he married his love, Marsha Harmon, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Plum City. They resided on the family farm after their marriage to raise their family.
During Dave’s fruitful life he had many passions. His first love was farming. He loved spending his time outdoors and watching his farm flourish, with his family by his side. Dave also became a well-known left-handed fast pitch softball pitcher in the area. He had a love of the game and played for many years! Another great interest of his was hunting, especially with his hound dogs. His kids would tease him that he loved his dogs more than them. Dave was also an excellent bowler, being the first ever recorded person to throw a “perfect” 300 game of bowling at Club 10 Lanes, in Durand. He was also the first ever girls basketball coach at Lima School, in Durand, and got to coach his daughters, Chris and Becky, because they begged him to start a girls’ basketball team and coach them. He also coached his sons, Jeff and Bart, in boys basketball at Lima and continued to coach many girls’ teams there throughout his life.
One of his biggest passions in life was when he became interested in maple syrup production, learning the ropes from his father-in-law, Cecil Harmon. He helped with Cecil’s syrup business in Arkansaw, Wis., loved working with their draft horses gathering sap, and brought his love of maple syrup making to his own family’s home in 1982 with the help of his wife Marsha and their children. Since then their business has become known as Schlosser Sugar Farm and has grown by leaps and bounds from the help of his sons, Jeff and Tim, who have since taken the maple syrup production business to a high level. Dave was very proud of his syrup business and had a true love for the outdoors, draft horses, maple trees and the camaraderie his syrup business provided between all his family, friends and neighbors.
He also loved his Green Bay Packers, even naming his son Bart after the famous Bart Starr. Last, but certainly not least, was the love he shared with his wife by watching their children, and especially their grandchildren, play sports. You always knew when Snoose was at the game because he was the best coach from the sidelines! His true love was his family and it showed because they were always together in work and in play.
David is survived by his devoted wife Marsha of 50 years; daughters, Lisa (Gordy) Slinde, Baudette, Minn., Christine (Robert) Brown, Elroy, Rebecca Hansen, Durand; sons, Jeffry (Sandra) Schlosser and Timothy (Angela) Schlosser, both of Durand; grandchildren, Hailey and Seth Brown, Reid and Emma Hansen, Samantha, Bret and Katelyn Schlosser, and Zachary Schlosser; siblings, Deanna (Gerry) Rippley, Arkansaw, Randy Schlosser, Chippewa Falls, Barb (Dave) Eisenhuth, Chippewa Falls, Ivy (Jeff) Bauer, Sarona; sisters in-law, Robyn Schlosser, Durand, Judi (Jack) Scholz, Sun City West, Ariz., John (Paula) Wiskerchen, Edmonds, Wash., Linda (Cal) Schladweiler, Centuria, Nancy (Jim) Helmueller, Pardeeville; brother-in-law, Lonnie Harmon, Plum City; many nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends.
He was preceded in death by his beloved son Bart Joseph Schlosser, who passed away in 1993; his parents, Ivan and Emma Schlosser; brothers, Glenn Schlosser, Craig “Cloudy” Schlosser; in-laws, Cecil and Betty Harmon; sisters-in-law, Kathleen Schlosser and Jaqueline Wiskerchen.
A Memorial Mass was held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima, rural Durand, with Rev. Paul Bosco officiating. Military Honors were provided by the Durand American Legion Post #181, of Durand. A eulogy was given at 11:15 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery in the spring. Visitation was Sunday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Rhiel Funeral Home, in Durand.
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.
Condolences may be made online at www.rhielfuneralhome.com.